Ensemble theatre occurs when, rather than auditioning freelancers on a project-by-project basis, a group of theatre artists work together over many years to create theatre. These artists can include performers, artistic directors, technicians, stage management and key administrative staff. Many of our ensemble have been with the company since the very beginning - over 10 years. The practice is common-place for dance companies and orchestras.
Theatre companies that make use of the ensemble model make the best use of rehearsal time. Long-term relationships are nurtured which enriches the experience for all concerned. THEATREiNQ utilises the Ensemble methodology to develop and train local talent to professional levels as well as allowing the company to cultivate its own signature style. Each production includes a unique blend of professional actors, local ensemble members, actors in training with The Bridge Project and invited guest actors from the wider community.
Our audience also feels the benefit of a richer theatre experience – not only in the opportunity to see better theatre through developing a higher quality of work, but through a sense of 'ownership' of the ensemble and an evolving relationship with its members. This long-term connection also allows for more sustained provision of community engagement and education work as well as generating employment opportunities within the arts for our region.
How it works
The TheatreiNQ Ensemble is made up of the following groups:
The Core Company
The Acting Ensemble
The Bridge Project
The Bridge Alumni
TheatreiNQ operates as a independent professional profit-share company, with the Annual Profits of each Performance Season, divided and distributed amongst the Ensemble.